Counter to Opponent's Underhook Finishing with Knee Bar

A Technique from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Courtesy Rebecca Motte and

Instructor: Rick McCoy sand Gary Miles

These techniques should only be practiced with the supervision of an experienced instructor.
Practicing the moves incorrectly could result in serious bodily injury or death.

Gary Miles (in the blue shorts) moves in on Rick McCoy (in the green shorts) and under hooks trying to gain control setting up for a takedown.

As soon as Rick feels Gary underhook, he steps to the outside with his left leg, and feeds his right arm (the one that Gary underhooked) through to the inside (front of Gary's chest). The name for this position is the "whizzer".

Rick immediately steps with his right leg into the inside between Gary's legs. Rick will "kick up" or "reap" with this leg to add leverage to his throw.

Rick rolls taking his head to the inside between Gary's legs, as he rolls he will use his inside leg to "kick" up to add momentum to his roll forcing Gary to roll over his trapped shoulder and landing on his back.

As Rick rolls taking Gary down, he makes sure that he traps Gary's leg and holds it throughout the takedown, so that he has control when Gary lands. Rick traps the calf tight against his chest with his left arm and to gain the submission, he extends his hips applying pressure to the knee for the knee bar.

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